If you cast your mind back to E3 a couple months back — between the wondrous announcement of Zelda Wii U and the thrilling showcase of Hyrule Warriors — you may recall the surprising reveal of Nintendo’s new line of NFC figures. These are toys, known as Amiiibo, which the player places on the Wii U GamePad’s sensor (or later on, a 3DS adaptor) in order to summon a character into a game.
The beauty of Amiibo is that the figures are cross-game compatible, meaning you could potentially use one figure for multiple games. The first range of Amiibo we’ve seen introduces a number of Smash Bros. characters, including Link. Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be able to use Zelda figures with Hyrule Warriors, as Nintendo appears to have no plans for such support.
“Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to support Amiibo.”
Destructoid contacted Nintendo, who responded, “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be the first game to support Amiibo.” Since Smash won’t release until the final quarter of 2014, it looks like we’ll be waiting long after we’ve already hacked and slashed through the hordes of Hyrule Warriors (which launches in September) to play with the new toys. Nintendo reminds us that “Other games that will support Amiibo include Mario Kart 8, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come.”
This mainly confirms what I already assumed, so I can’t say I’m majorly disappointed. Though it could have been cool to see happen; using figurines to switch between different characters on the fly, or casting your personally levelled-up character in your friend’s game for a round of co-op.
Perhaps we’ll see Amiibo integration in Zelda Wii U. After all, Aonuma has teased that Zelda in the future will be “more than a single-player experience.” With that huge open world to explore, the idea of drop-in/drop-out Amiibo-style multiplayer may just work.